It’s essential for any business to have some type of security plan in place to keep company data safe. It’s up to you how in-depth that plan is, it could be as simple as using trusted software and strong passwords. In this article, we break down how to improve data security into three ‘how to’ categories:
Improving data security often comes down to how you save and use passwords to access software, websites and tools you use to operate your business. Things like online banking, accounting software, and farm management software like Mobble. Strong passwords are the best way to improve data security and avoid online fraud. Here are the do’s and the don’ts:
Creating a strong password will limit the chance of a cybercriminal hacking into your account. But we understand that using a different strong password for every account can be difficult for our memory to handle. It’s important not to store these passwords on a document on your computer due to the risk of cybercriminals finding those passwords. Here are three solutions to help you remember or store passwords safely, from the least safe to most safe:
These methods are a great start, but they are not fool proof. We'd also recommend considering more advanced data security techniques as explained in the next section.
To step up your data security game, a password manager like 1password is an excellent way to go. These are safe places to store and even share passwords between the entire company.
Another advanced security measure we recommend is two-factor authentication (2FA) on logins when available. Two-factor authentication requires a second piece of information beyond your password to strengthen login security. The second piece of information is usually a temporary code available on your phone via an app or delivered by SMS. If you get the option, we’d recommend setting up 2FA via an Authenticator app. Not all software tools have 2FA, but if they do, you’ll be able to find how to set up 2FA via that tool’s settings under security.
In this day and age, identifying and avoiding scams is a daily occurrence. Here is some trusted advice to identify and avoid scams:
In summary; create strong passwords, save those passwords safely, use 2FA for added security, and use trusted software like our very own livestock farm management software Mobble.
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